Election 2024: Bronx Conservative Party Challenges Bronx Democratic Leadership

Gonzalo Duran
Published on April 19, 2024, 7:28 pm
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In an exclusive interview near the Board of Election headquarters on April 19, 2024, I sat down with Patrick McManus, Chairman of the Bronx County Conservative Party, to discuss the party’s candidate slate for the upcoming 2024 election.

Last year, the Bronx County Conservative Party handled just over a handful of candidates, but this year they have significantly upped their game with 19 out of 21 candidates vying for legislative office. McManus attributed this surge to several factors, including increased enrollment, a bolstered community presence, new executive board members, and heightened media coverage. However, he underscored that the primary driver was public dissatisfaction with the current trajectory of the borough, city, and country.

McManus elaborated, noting, “Over the past year, we have hosted monthly events across different Bronx neighborhoods, and each time, our ranks have increased. These gatherings have not only attracted new members but have also sparked interest from individuals eager to contribute to our cause.”

Detailing their strategy, McManus emphasized their aim to leverage new enrollments not just to expand their presence but also to cultivate leadership in various areas. He highlighted the prevalent sentiment among many community members who feel underrepresented by incumbent officials, stating that the party is committed to supporting new leaders with its resources.

Regarding the Bronx Democratic Party candidates being challenged, including Bronx Democratic Party Chairman Senator Jamaal T. Bailey and Speaker of the State Assembly Assemblyman Carl E. Heastie, McManus brushed off concerns about potential backlash, stating, “Their policies are detrimental to our communities, and we are proud to oppose them.”

Democratic candidate Irene Estrada, a former District Leader, is challenging Senator Bailey, while Republican Stephanie Liggio is challenging Assemblyman Heastie. Both received the conservative endorsement, with Liggio also securing the Republican endorsement after the Conservative Party’s backing.

When asked about the decision to endorse candidates from outside the party, McManus explained, “Traditionally, we have served as a backup for candidates, but not this year. We conducted candidate interviews up until the final possible moment. The candidates selected were not solely based on party affiliation but on their demonstrated ability to run effective campaigns and other factors.”

I inquired with McManus about the desired outcome of challenging the Democratic Party. He asserted, “Our aim is to show Bronx residents that there is a viable alternative to the Democratic Party. Moving forward, we will continue to refine our candidate selection process, petitioning efforts, and community outreach. Ultimately, our goal is to have a Conservative Party member in legislative office!”


Gonzalo Duran
As a seasoned professional in both the military and civic realms, Gonzalo Duran brings a wealth of experience to his role as the Chief Executive Officer of Devil Dog USA Incorporated. A former United States Marine Sergeant, he not only leads a non-profit dedicated to supporting Veterans’ reintegration but also holds key positions in Bronx County’s political landscape, including Vice Chairman of the Bronx County Conservative Party and (C) District Leader for the 79th Assembly District. With over a decade as a CEO, Gonzalo is a multifaceted contributor to his community, excelling as an access producer, talk show host, columnist, chaplain, and advocate.